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Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

Temporarily Closed

It’s a pretty wild world out there – and we bring you the wonder of it. Meet animals daily – you never know who you’ll see.

NOTE: Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, this area is temporarily closed.

Discover Wild Wonders

Close Encounters
Around the zoo
A sloth? A lynx? You never know who you'll meet at a Close Encounter. Get close-up to animals as zookeepers explain just what makes them so wonderful. Around the Zoo daily at unscheduled times to avoid congestion.

Meet the stars!

Herald
Siesta
Orchid
Bach
Twiggy
Scooter
Clark
Gonzo
Tilli
Tahoma

Protecting Wildlife

Saved from extinction.

THE THREAT: Some of our animal ambassadors in the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater are from species that are threatened in the wild: bald eagles, Canada lynx, clouded leopard.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that humans can help save animal species. We brought bald eagles back from the brink of extinction. We can save others.

Wild Stories

Save our sea ice

Mid-summer might seem like an odd time to think about ice, unless it’s in your drink. But as the planet gets hotter, our sea ice – which animals like polar bears, walrus, seals and Arctic fox need to survive – is vanishing. July 15 is Arctic Sea Ice Day, a great day to think about … Continued

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He’s a boy! Help name our muskox calf

He head-butted some rocks. He tasted some clover. Then he galloped back down the hillside to mom. Yes, it’s official – our baby muskox calf is a boy, and now his fans get to vote on his name. (UPDATE: Voting closed 12pm July 8.) The veterinary and animal care team confirmed the sex last Friday … Continued

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Aquariums reopening!

It’s time for sharks! And green sea turtles, eagle rays and jellies too. The Pacific Seas Aquarium and South Pacific Aquarium are reopening July 1 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium with new protocols to keep guests safe and healthy. Oh, and guests will get to meet Bruno the green sea turtle, too. “Our aquarium … Continued

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Other Animal Stars
Get to know all the animals in our Wild Wonders show and Close Encounters! Find the full list here.